Nov 11, 2008

Migraine may Lower Breast Cancer Risk by 30 Percent

woman attack by severe headache or migraineThis is a good news for women with migraines. A team of researchers from Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, Washington reported this new discovery in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention's November issue.

How did this happen?

The researchers said, "We found that, overall, women who had a history of migraines had a 30 percent lower risk of breast cancer compared to women who did not have a history of such headaches."

According to China View, "In particular, a history of migraines appears to reduce the risk of the most common subtypes of breast cancer: those that are estrogen-receptor and/or progesterone-receptor positive. Such tumors have estrogen and/or progesterone receptors, or docking sites, on the surface of their cells, which makes them more responsive to hormone-blocking drugs than tumors that lack such receptors."

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"The biological mechanism behind the association between migraines and breast cancer is not fully known, but researchers suspect that it has to do with fluctuations in levels of circulating hormones."

The researchers added, "This gives us a new avenue to explore the biology behind risk reduction. Hopefully this could help stimulate other ideas and extend what we know about the biology of breast cancer."

Migraine may Lower Breast Cancer Risk by 30 Percent

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